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Barrel House Cooker Smoked Chicken

Smoked chicken with colorful, crispy skin and a juicy, meaty center is possible with the Barrel House Cooker.

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Recipe reposted with permission from BBQ blogger Girls Can Grill. Follow her on Instagram @girlscangrill.


  • 2 whole chickens
  • ½ cup poultry BBQ seasoning
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes


BHC Chickens Rubbed
  1. Rub each of the chickens inside and out with about ¼ cup of your favorite poultry BBQ seasoning. Let rest at room temperature while you setup the cooker.
  2. Light your coals with a chimney starter. Let burn for 10-15 minutes. Dump into the basket of the Barrel House Cooker. Set the intake to your altitude setting. Set the barrel onto the base, and let the coals burn for another 5-10 minutes with the lid open.
  3. Stick two hooks into each seasoned chicken, going up through the neck cavity and into each breast.
BHC Chickens Hanging
  1. Hang the hooks on the H-frame and place it in the cooker.*
  2. Close the lid and smoke, until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees, about 3½ hours.
  3. Remove from the cooker. Let rest for 15 minutes. Slice and serve.
Finished BHC Chicken


*If you use the EZ-Load Top Bar accessory instead of the H-Frame, you can place it in the cooker first and then hang the chicken.

For an alternative flavor, rub the chicken with a combination of ¼ melted butter, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and ¼ cup chopped fresh herbs like rosemary, sage and parsley.

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